This blog is a bit long, so let’s get started right away!
CHASE CLEANING HOUSE WITH SMALLER AFFILIATES?
Gary (a really nice guy too!) at Free Frequent Flyer Miles reports (in What’s New section) the following:
Chase has reviewed their goals for 2013 and have decided to reduce the overall number of affiliates that are approved for their program. This website was one of them. So were many blogs. We won’t know for a few days, but I suspect the surviving blogs are the pushy ones that throw a credit card banner in your face with every post, and repeatedly go on ad nauseum about their commissioned offers. It works, apparently.
What does this mean? It means the relentless credit card pushing will likely get more intense as current participants in the main affiliate company (Flex Offers) push links repeatedly ad nauseum to their readers in order to not get kicked out. A truly sad development in the already quite sleazy state of affairs our little hobby has endured. Of course there are other providers who do not pay as much and they do not serve the links as handy as FO but DO allow a bit more freedom in blogger choices (from my limited knowledge).
I will be a little easier on bloggers who push them from now on. No I won’t. For the one billionth time, I am NOT against getting paid for hard blogging work. Ok…I feel a rant so I will listen to my therapist’s advice, stand up and yell out loud “Serenity now, serenity now, serenity now”. There, I already feel better, she is soooo good, I love her!
The two following headlines will undoubtedly have an income on marketing budgets, just fyi:
MVP Post of the Day
Maybe I am going to start doing this, highlight the ONE article I enjoyed the most or found the most usefu/inspiring/educational! First winner is Scott at Hack My Trip who wrote “Looking Back” after completing 1 year as a blogger (Congrats!). Yeah, be unique or at least make an effort as we do not need yet another blogger teling us about Vanilla ice creams or how Chase Ink Bold gets us 5 Ultimate Rewards points at office supply stores!
Some EXCELLENT advice overall about blogging. And I obviously have a long way to go to learn how the Internet really works. And me learning code is like saying I like Skypesos, lol. I loved this line ” Money is a bad motivation to start a blog. If you do a good job, you’ll probably be able to find a way to get paid for it. Be patient.”
You win the prize of a free pass (one-time only) from my now infamous “Not Best Of” category, congratulations! 🙂
Travel Summary became an instant hit around the blogosphere for this post with a 100k Amex Platinum offer. It was his first day with affiliate links so if you are going to start down this road might as well do it with a big bang! I liked how this whole thing developed. TS did a HT and then almost every other blogger properly HT his blog post, that is beautiful. And almost no other blogger attempted to push their own affiliate links, it was touching to watch. Maybe TBB IS having an impact afterall? As of late last night it worked….I think. I will be suprised if it is still going on when your read this!
Priority Club is AGAIN messing with its Rewards Nights, this time its structure! Here is the updated story at Loyalty Lobby. Enter NINE different category levels ranging from 10k to 50k points per night. About 30% of properties will go down and 30% will go up in points. Priority Club will NOT release a list of properties changing number of points required for a free night, boo! ( change is effective January 18, you can use older rates up to March 18, 2013). If the fantastic Point Breaks awards go, this program will go to the pits…where Club Carlson was before it rose! 🙂 John at LL says PC stated PointBreaks will be staying…
Frugal Travel Guy has a post “Flying First Class on Thai Airlines And A Giveway“. I need to focus on the positive I was told, it’s a generational thing I guess. Ok then. Thumbs up for originality for giving away TWO sets of Thai Airlines First Class XL size pajamas. They are still in the wrapper! Smile old man;-)
Ok, I see a pattern developing here! Amol at Hack My Trip has a very detailed and very advanced post giving Delta Award Tips. Wow, my head is spinning! One day Delta Points will do this for us…Silence:-) As I have said before, I excel in earning but suck in burning! Burning Delta Skymiles and not paying an arm and a a leg is so hard! Maybe you two guys can go into award booking, quick before Scott gets a real job:-) I must say I am impressed by the content quality coming out lately! Ok to fire off a few credit cards, it’s okay now, lol.
Frequent Flyer University has an insightful post pondering if he should go for Elite status. I agree with his conclusion “So basically for anyone that does not travel for Business, I would recommend that you should save your money and time, and NOT go for Top Tier Elite Status. The only time I would suggest going for it, is if you have already flown a certain amount of miles and are in striking distance of the next tier.” After almost 10 years with Northwest/Delta Elite status I am giving it all up in 51 days. Fly coach domestic, burn up front internationally, my new motto. Long Live Free Agency!
Dear blogger: If you find something elsewhere, please do a HT. Please do it on the top of your post and not way at the bottom. If you want to see how a HT should be, look at this Mommy Points post!
Club Carlson’s First Quarter 2013 promo is Triple Points. Register here.
40 Great New TV Travel Show Ideas by the Grumpy Traveler. This is hilarious, a few examples:
From Matador Network: It features a guy who is a self-described “couchsurfing drifter” who went on hitchhiking across Asia and couchsurfing with the Taliban. I think I am nuts sometimes but this dude completely takes the cake!
From The Planet D: Sea Kayak Antarctica – The Adventure of a Lifetime. Wow, just stunning!
From Miles, Point, and Mai Tais: “Credit Card Churning for the Rest of Us“. I like the message here, something you almost never see mentioned when it should be pounded over and over. First, and most important, if you don’t plan on paying off your balances in full, every month don’t do it! [TBB says AMEN!] Please don’t go out and buy a bunch of stuff you don’t need. [TBB says AMEN2! Vanilla is ok:-)] Stay organized. Don’t forget to actually CANCEL some of your cards! Don’t overdo it [If only the same care was taken by bloggers to empasize THIS stuff instead of adding/editing the billionth affiliate credit card link..maybe, just maybe, it would make a difference to YOUR blog’s readers…Shouldn’t they always come first? Rhetorical question to all bloggers, feel free to comment or insult, NO censoring is allowed!]
And thanks for adding that Flyertalk link with the current best offers (at the end of the post). And I really like the “Rest of Us” angle. Of course this comes from a person who is still new and has no idea what he is doing, lol.
Gary Leff (again!!) has a nice comprehensive post about Airline Status Matches.
I have stayed at the Hyatt Thessaloniki in Greece and loved it. Nice trip report by Upgrd. I am trying to get more tourists to Greece, they really need the money!!
A few hilarious gems from a Flyertalk thread: